My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for THE SAMARITAN WOMEN, Baltimore, MD, USA
I started volunteering at The Samaritan Women through my company last fall and have been coming back pretty much every week since then. When I arrived with my company, we were put to work on the farm, cleaning up the grounds and harvesting in the fields. It was amazingly liberating and freeing work and excellently organized experience. My co-workers regularly ask me when we are going to go back.
I continued to volunteer with the farm when I had the opportunity to begin working in the residence with the ladies. I began doing overnights and seeing them regularly once a week. It's been a fantastic experience seeing them as they grow and work through their personal change. Jeanne and the other staff are warm, compassionate but very candid and no nonsense with the ladies that come in to the house. It's like a huge family that talks and learns and goes through the ups and downs of life. I've learned so much coming in to this environment and have been able to form real relationships with the women and others in my life.
Jeanne invited me to join the ladies for a conference that I thought was linked to victims of human trafficking but was actually a Women of Faith conference. My oversight Mind you, I haven't stepped in a church (outside of funerals) since I was 7 and haven't been particularly religious. Even when I was volunteering The Samaritan Women never once pressured me to worship or practice. They utilize faith as a pillar for guidance, not use religion as a means to push an agenda which was so different from any other experience that I've ever had.
When I went to the conference, it was the first time I have really experienced true love and community worshiping God. It was a brief epiphany but Jeanne and the other staff and residents at TSW have been incredibly supportive in my exploration of my faith, providing me with reading materials, inviting me to worship with them and then inviting me to bible study with them.
I cannot thank Samaritan Women enough for their kindness, support, wisdom and guidance through this experience. I came in to help them and they ended up helping me.
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